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The MSA is a 10-course program, supplemented by up to three pre-program courses. Because our students arrive with different backgrounds, we customize the curriculum as needed to suit each student. What follows is an overview of a standard curriculum.
Pre-Program Foundation (nine credits)
To prepare for the MSA, students may be required to take up to three pre-program courses:
GR521 Managerial Statistics
GR522 Economic Environment of the Firm
GR525 Financial Statement Analysis for Decision Making
The MSA is a 30-credit-hour program consisting of: 9 credits of accounting foundation coursework (this may be waived and replaced with open electives based on prior coursework); 12 required credit hours in core accountancy courses; and 9 credits of accounting and non-accounting elective courses.
Accounting Foundation Courses (9 credits required)
If approved by the MSA admissions officer, may be replaced with open electives (AC 700-level or higher, OR non AC courses at the 600-level or higher) for students with an accounting background.
AC611 Financial Accounting Problems I
AC612 Financial Accounting Problems II
AC621 Cost Accounting
Core Courses (12 Credits Required)
Substitutions to the following standard courses may be approved by the MSA admissions officer based on each student's prior coursework:
AC730 Business Processes and Systems Assessment
AC741 Financial Statement Auditing
AC750 Federal Income Taxation
AC793 Professional Accounting Research and Policy
Elective Courses (nine credits required)
The electives must include a minimum of six credit hours in accountancy courses at the 700-level or higher. The remaining credit hours may be in other accountancy courses at the 700-level or higher, or in other graduate courses at the 600-level or above, where appropriate prerequisites have been met.
Shown below are accounting courses that may be chosen to fulfill these elective credits: